Criminal Justice

Many public interest legal providers engage in actions to protect human rights defenders against the use of the criminal justice system to silence dissent, and public interest legal work around public gatherings are particularly important examples of public interest legal work that expands democratic space. Many different public interest law organisations have participated in Commissions of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha, defence procurement, and the Marikana massacre. Their work has challenged police and military impunity, sought to actively shape the political response to state violence and corruption, and have, to a greater or lesser degree, used the Commissions themselves as expanded spaces for democratic participation.

Organisations Working in the Space

  • Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)
  • Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU)
  • ProBono.Org
  • Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
  • Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)